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Wednesday, 6 June, 2001, 15:48 GMT 16:48 UK
Briton charged with Air India bombing
Air India crash 1985
The crash, off the coast of Ireland, killed 329 people
A British man who was extradited to Canada 12 years ago has been charged with the murder of 329 passengers in the 1985 Air India bombing.

The incident, in which more people perished than the 270 killed in the Lockerbie bombing, is considered the worst act of international air terrorism.

Although no-one claimed responsibility for the attack, it was widely believed to be the work of Sikh extremists enraged at India's decision to send troops into the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Inderjit Singh Reyat
Inderjit Singh Reyat was due to be released this weekend (pic courtesy of CBC)
Inderjit Singh Reyat, 49, worked at the Jaguar car factory in Coventry, West Midlands, up until his extradition.

Due for release

He was subsequently jailed for 10 years in connection with a bombing at Tokyo's Narita airport which killed two baggage handlers.

Reyat, who holds dual British and Canadian nationality, was due for release at the weekend.

Earlier this week British officials gave permission for Canadian prosecutors to lay new charges against him.

The attack in Japan took place on the same day as the Air India flight was blown out of the sky off the coast of Ireland.

The Canadian authorities believe both bombs were placed on flights out of Vancouver.

Reyat is the third person charged in connection with the Air India atrocity.

He is due to appear before the Supreme Court in British Columbia on Wednesday. A trial is likely early next year.

Mr Reyat's lawyer called the British decision shocking and said his client had the option of seeking appeal in London.

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